Having his Afro-wig wearing fans there helps, but Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course would still be one of driver Boris Said’s top stops on the Grand-Am Road Racing schedule even without the Said Heads.
It’s the track Said, a road-course legend, earned his first victory in 1988. And it’s the track he hopes to win again on after navigating its 2.258-mile, 13-turn track Saturday in the Rolex Sports Car Series portion of the Diamond Cellar Classic. Said co-drives the No. 31 Corvette for Marsh Racing in the Grand Touring division and takes the track 4:30 p.m. Saturday for the timed 2-hour, 45-minute race.
Centerville native Bryan Sellers will be competing in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race, a 2-hour, 30-minute race starting at 10:25 a.m. Saturday. Sellers, who drives the No. 46 Trim-Tex Drywall Products/BCKSTGR Fall-Line Motorsports BMW, won at the track in the American Le Mans Series in 2011.
Lebanon’s Doran Racing is also expected to compete in the Continental race with Cincinnati drivers Brad Jaeger and BJ Zacharias piloting the No. 14 Doran Racing Nissan 370Z.
“I wish I had some unique information about the track. Unfortunately, growing up it wasn’t really possible to get a lot of laps on the track and you can only learn so much watching,” Sellers said. “So my knowledge at Mid-Ohio is very similar to many other people’s. It is just lucky that it is one of my favorite tracks and that I’ve had some success here in front of friends and family.”
Said, who said his hairstyle is stuck in 1970s fashion and proud of it, will certainly have his supporters as well.
“You get the crazy Said Heads. You get a little of everything,” he said. “People love their road racing at Mid-Ohio, for sure. I remember back in the old days when IndyCar was really thriving the crowds were crazy. It would be great if we could get back to that someday.”
Drivers and fans alike hope they get closer to that in 2014. That’s when the American Le Mans Series and Grand-Am Series merge.
“In 2014 we’re expecting big things in road racing in America. The future really looks bright,” said Said. “I think Americans love their cars. The thing about Grand-Am is they are cars you drive on the street. People can relate to them and I think that’s what makes it so great. I think the more people that come and see it, the more fans you’ll get it. If people go and see it they can’t help but be fans. It’s wheel-to-wheel racing, fenders banging and they’re really cool looking cars. It just needs more exposure and it’ll grow.”